Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.

Euthanasia$275

Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.

Geriatric Consultation$275

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.

Additional Appointment Fees

There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

Other Species

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$350
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on cemetery grounds. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

Availability

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Erin

Erin Deveau, DVM

“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.

The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.

Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.

I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.

About Erin Deveau, DVM

“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.

The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.

Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.

I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.

"One of life's greatest privileges and pleasures is having a wonderful relationship with a person or an animal. One of life's biggest heartbreaks is to have to say goodbye to your special person or animal. In the case of our pets, we often have the terrible burden of deciding if/when to end their suffering. We are grateful that Lap of Love exists and does the work it does; we are grateful to Dr. Erin Deveau and her expertise in evaluating our kitty Weasel in his final days, assuring us that we had done what we could, that we could choose a more merciful death for him than what Nature had planned, and that we could do it in the comfort of the family home. Dr. Erin made Weasel's passing quiet and peaceful, for him and for us, and spared him that last scary trip to the vet's office. (Weasel did not like to be outside of his territory!) We were able to grieve at home, with no explanations to strangers. Our other cats were able to witness Weasel's passing and examine his body afterwards, and while it clearly broke his best cat friend Emi's heart, at least she knows that no violence was done to him and that we hadn't just taken him somewhere, never to return home. We are grateful to Dr. Erin and all of her help with this difficult decision, and for the peace and kindness she brought to the process of Weasel's passing. We will turn to Lap of Love again when we find ourselves back in this most difficult of places with our other pets...."

Patricia Dickerson
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Dr. Erin is a consummate professional with great ability to communicate medical details and show compassion in our darkest moments. I will forever be grateful she came to our home and helped my little Soi Boy and me. He was able to pass away free of anxiety, in the comfort of his home and with his head resting on my thigh."

Phan Dao
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"The team at Lap of Love was so very kind during this very difficult time. Zero was such an amazing companion to me and I wanted to do whatever I could for him. He was diagnosed with a fast-growing tumor that was stealing all of his energy and causing him pain.

I felt no judgement and only compassion when I called to discuss final care for Zero. They were understanding of our long-time bond and that of my other dog, who had never been without him. They offered support via phone, articles, and email. I did feel that if I needed to call someone would be there to help listen to my concerns.

Dr. Erin was wonderful. She made me feel comfortable and took amazing care of Zero. She listened to me and my wishes for saying goodbye to my friend. Both of my dogs were calm around her and she explained as much or as little as I needed. I would highly recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Thank you Dr. Erin for everything!"

Tera C
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Dear Dr. Erin,

It took me some time to write this note, but I wanted to express my sincere thank you for caring for Kiki on her journey. Lap of Love exceeded my expectations and you were very compassionate with Kiki, her pal Belle, Caitie, and myself. Kiki was a gift to our family who lived for 14.5 years with Lupus. She was such a wonderful lab who could make you frustrated in one breath and laughing in the next! Allowing her to know her last moments were with her family in her home is phenomenal for all involved. The respect, professionalism, and empathy is so appreciated. Thank you for helping us all through this most difficult time as it is beyond words!

Blessings,

Maggie Sjostrand

(Kiki's Mom)"

Maggie Sjostrand
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"We had our dog Molly a short nine years. She was the smartest most loving dog we ever had. She knew her colors, barked twice for yes and once for no and was sharp as a tack. She had recently been unable to put any weight on her back leg and we found out it was bone cancer. It had gotten to the point where she couldn't walk and was dragging herself around so we made the extremely difficult decision to have her put to sleep. I had called several Veterinary places looking for someone to come to our house to do what needed to be done. They all recommended Lap of Love. They sent over Dr. Erin and she was the most loving, caring, professional person we had ever met. She made a very difficult time a time of peace, honor and caring for our Molly. She not only treated our Molly with respect she took great care to deal with the feelings of our family during this difficult time. If we ever have this situation come up again we pray to God that Dr. Erin is the one that will be there."

June Gray
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"When we realized our beloved bloodhound, Bubba, was in pain and not going to recover we had to make the difficult decision to euthanize him. We rescued Bubba 8 years ago , after he chose us. He was on his last few months of living in a shelter, he was returned to the shelter 3 times. They were going to put him down. So he chose us. He was around 2 at that time. He was 11 when we made the decision to have it done in our home. Dr Erin was one of the most compassionate people I have ever encounter. She was gentle and just so comforting. Bubba went so peacefully, she even made a pawprint for us. She treated Bubba with the dignity and respect he deserved. Carefully wrapping him in a soft blanket on the stretcher. I think heaven our vet recommended her to us. Thank you Dr. Erin and Lap of Love. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone who needed it. Totally worth the money to have my fur baby at home, out of pain, loved when his time passed."


Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (505) 292-5353

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Pet Loss Support Group

  (505) 345-5615

Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group

  (505) 883-8387

Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico

  (505) 265-3087

Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Soi Boy,
The pack has finally let you go. For 17 years and six months you have been our constant companion. You came to our life as the little feisty white dog that jumps higher and run faster than any of your brothers and sisters. Ever since Amy and I came home with you, you have been her loyal companion. We call Amy your Amom and that makes me ...
Phan Dao
April 14, 2019
“To Our Loving Beautiful Jade,
Thank you for all the loving joy and playful spirit you gave to our family. Your presence was so intimately ingrained into our lives, that your absence has left huge tears and big holes.
You came to us as a 2 year old grey and white rescue with piercing green eyes, for which you were named and a personality most ...
Debbie and Rich Ridley - Nenoff
April 11, 2019
“He will rise from his ashes to a renewed youth to live another day.”
Kim Darrell and xavier Irish
February 24, 2019
“We are finding it impossible to say “Good-bye” to out little lamb, Claudine. She has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, to start a new life with all of her friends and grandparents who have gone on ahead of her.

Claudine came to us on June 28, 2010 as a rescue poodle. She had had a rough start being put out on the ...
Larry and Renee Ayers
February 14, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred.  We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 67572
Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572

In the News

Albuquerque Journal: A Good Goodbye

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